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Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many employees of his Department have been made redundant on grounds of redundancy or financial exigency in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Eight, four of whom are on notice which expires in May 1988These redundancies occurred as follows:

1981—One part-time cleaner in a local office. Cleaning services were arranged with the major occupier of the building.
1986 and 1987—Two typing staff. Local offices closed.
1986—One packer, nominally on secondment to British Library at Boston Spa. Post regraded and incumbent unwilling to accept regrading.
1987—Four security guards, all over 60, given requisite notices of redundancy in May 1988 on contracting out of service.